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Update from Ron Hays of RON
Thursday, October 17,
Bill Conference Committee Preparatory Work Gets
Underway; Lucas Outlines
House of Representatives is preparing its
conference committee on the 2013 Farm Bill after
conferees were named last weekend. House
Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank
Lucas spoke with me yesterday and said it
isn't a simple process because there have been
very few conference committees called in the last
ten years. He said some Congress members have
never seen one so this is a new process for them.
Lucas said that he will be working with Senate
Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow
later this afternoon to discuss a timetable for
the conference committee to meet.
will be the chairman of the conference committee.
He said he expects the committee will meet soon
and then recess for discussions among members on
various points. The committee might hold further
public meetings on points of disagreement that
need further work. He said the process will end
with a vote from the committee to accept its final
work product which will be sent to the House and
Senate for up or down votes. If approved, it goes
to the President for his signature or
While the process may be
straightforward, Lucas said its outcome is not a
foregone conclusion at this point.
are still some areas of contention that have to be
worked out. For instance, the Senate is still very
focused on a one-size-fits-all kind of commodity
safety net. Something that, it looks like to me,
would work very well in the Midwest if you're a
corn or a bean farmer, but, perhaps, won't work so
well for the rest of us.
perspective still is that a farm bill needs to
work for all commodity groups in all regions.
That's why the phrase 'choice' is so
important-giving you options to pick from. We've
got to work that difference out."
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Government Shutdown/Slowdown Ends- USDA Website
Turned Back On in Middle of the
the eleventh hour (at least as far as the
government running out of borrowing authority)-
the GOP gave up the battle and the Senate and the
House quickly voted to extend current budget
authority for another three months and raise the
debt ceiling by about a trillion dollars, which
means the fat lady has sung and the
Shutdown/Slowdown is over.
the House vote, officials announced that the
federal government would reopen on Thursday and
that federal employees should return to
the USDA's website lost the obnoxious screen that
told people to go away and it was replaced with a
statement at the top warning those who enter that
it was rather dusty inside since nothing had been
updated since September 30th.
USDA officials return to work today- we should get
some indication in the next couple of days of what
reports they will try to issue belatedly and what
reports will simple be skipped this year.
of the most visible reports lost since the first
of October are the October Crop Production number
that would have been released on October 11th- and
the Cattle on Feed numbers that would have been
released tomorrow- October 18th.
it will be interesting to see how quickly we get
word from the RMA on approval of written contracts
for winter canola- in some cases, the slowness of
the Agency to act on written crop insurance
requests that were given to USDA back in August
meant that some acres of Canola was not planted
this fall. The RMA deadline on planting
canola and being eligible for insurance was the
10th of October. Some farmers went ahead and
planted and are hoping USDA will approve their
written applications- albeit late.
Praises Governor's Call for Emergency Drought
call for action by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin
to address the ongoing drought in Southwest
Oklahoma and a portion of the Oklahoma Panhandle
was greeted with praise today by the Oklahoma
Association of Conservation Districts (OACD).
According to Kim Farber,
President of OACD, the call by Governor Fallin to
access the Emergency Drought Fund created last
spring by the Oklahoma Legislature was a welcome
development for farmers and ranchers in those
portions of the state still suffering from the
"Starting in July most of
Oklahoma was blessed with rainfall in sufficient
levels to reduce the grip that the drought had on
our state," Farber said. "Regrettably, not all of
Oklahoma has been fortunate enough to receive the
rain necessary to break the drought. Southwestern
Oklahoma and parts of the Oklahoma Panhandle in
particular have yet to see this kind of rainfall
and are in desperate need of assistance. We are
very happy that Governor Fallin has taken this
action to help the people and communities in these
areas and we are fully in support of her action to
access these funds."
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Rep Says Beef Quality is What Counts
service distributors don't care what breed of
cattle you produce. They do care about the
quality. That's according to Norlyn
Tipton, quality assurance manager with
"I would tell you that any of the
breed programs that are out there, if it's just
based on the breed itself then it doesn't have a
whole lot of anything. It's got to have some merit
behind it from the standpoint of quality grade,
aging components. Eating satisfaction is actually
what it comes down to and they value that they are
getting-that the consumer is getting-for going
urges producers to pay attention to quality.
Regardless of how they sell cattle, it benefits
everybody in the beef chain.
more and more to a quality-driven industry. And,
so, if all you're doing is producing pounds,
you're relegating yourself to the commodity world.
And if you're not producing for a quality product,
you're leaving yourself out of that opportunity to
transition into or move into one of those programs
that is getting a premium."
You can read
more of this story or watch a video version by clicking here.
CEO Announces Progress on 2020 Food Security Goals
at World Food Prize
more than 1,000 international leaders at the World
Food Prize 2013 Norman Borlaug Dialogue, DuPont
Chair and CEO Ellen Kullman
announced progress made in the first year of the
company's 2020 food security goals to address
global hunger challenges. Established in 2012,
DuPont's food security goals - targeting
innovation, education and rural community
development - are an outgrowth of its
long-standing sustainability goals focused on the
"In our first year of the food
security goals we allocated resources and
attention to bring new innovations to the market,
to engage the next generation of food leaders, and
to build up the communities that are home to the
world's farmers," Kullman said. "These goals are a
catalyst for collaboration, innovation and, most
importantly, action. What gets measured gets
In its first year, the program:
Invested $1.2 billion in research and development;
worked with 360,000 youth globally; and engaged
with more than 160,000 smallholder farmers.
Click here to read more.
Australian Cotton Industries EscalatingCommitment
to Responsibly-Grown Fiber
National Cotton Council of America and its export
promotion arm, Cotton Council International (CCI),
have joined with Cotton Australia and Cotton
Incorporated as founding members of Cotton Leads™
-- an initiative aimed at raising awareness of the
responsible growing practices among U.S. and
Australian cotton producers.Combined, Australia
and the United States account for roughly 17
percent of global cotton production.
Leads' activities and program fund use will be
guided by a committee comprised of three members
from these founding member nations along with two
members from partnering industry organizations.
This Cotton Foundation special project is
specifically aimed at textile brands, retailers
and manufacturers committed to sourcing cotton
that is grown in a responsible and transparent
manner. Validating the Cotton Leads program are
the national-level oversight, regulatory
enforcement and transparency of practices common
to both countries.
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Rustling Alive and Well- and Costing Cattle
Producers in a BIG Way
Rusty Halverson discovered 22
head of Black Angus and Black Baldy cattle were
missing from his Garvin County Ranch on Oct. 11.
The cattle are actually owned by John
Griswold of Griswold Cattle Company in
Stillwater. Halverson, serving as caretaker of the
cattle, believes the cattle may have been stolen
from his ranch located six miles east and one mile
north of Pauls Valley. The cattle are branded with
the letters LL on the left hip
in the month- the thieves were busy up in
the Okmulgee area- from a report from the News on
6 in Tulsa- "A family who makes a living from
ranching is in a world of hurt after thieves
targeted their ranch twice within two weeks,
stealing thousands of dollars worth of cattle.
is the largest theft that has ever happened at the
Langford Herefords ranch in Okmulgee, which has
been around for 75 years. Within two weeks, more
than $100,000 worth of cattle was stolen. The high
powered genetics associated with these animals
make this a high dollar crime- one that a thief
would have a hard time monetizing.
real shame to be honest with you," said owner
Watson Langford. Langford has grown up on his
family's ranch. Raising cattle is his livelihood,
so you can only imagine the gut-wrenching feeling
when he learned criminals stole eight cows, nine
calves and two bulls.
deal with this every day and the issue with cattle
theft is it is a low-risk, high-reward crime,"
said Special Ranger Bart Perrier
of the TSCRA.
Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association is offering a
$10,000 reward to anyone who has information that
will lead to an arrest and conviction of the
person responsible for these crimes. Special
Agents with the law enforcement section of the
Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and
Forestry (ODAFF) are working with the TSCRA
Rangers in tracking these cattle. Anyone
with information regarding the theft of these
cattle is asked to call the ODAFF Investigative
Services office at 405-522-6102.
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